Ava went for a weigh-in on Saturday, and everything came up in sevens. She weighs 7.77 kgs and is 70.7 cm long. Her weight is pretty much average for her age (she’s in the 50th percentile) but her height is in the 90th percentile. For non-moms, that means that she’s heavier than 50% of other babies her age (and lighter than 50% too) and is taller than 90% of them (and shorter than 10% of them). No wonder parents are so set on comparing their babies to others of a similar age – that’s how health professionals measure them!
So Ava’s becoming more and more of an Edwards as she gets older – it started off as being mostly in her colouring, and now it’s in her height as well. I can’t quite believe how much she’s shot up – I never thought I’d have a tall child. Especially because she’s a girl, I’ve half-expected her to be a lot like me. Instead, she’s an interesting combination of Dylan’s father’s family with eyes that have my eyes’ shape and colour. Even friends who have never met Dylan’s father or his sister (but have seen photos) comment on how much Ava looks like them. It’s great, and I think she’s gorgeous, but I wouldn’t have minded having a baby who very clearly resembles one or both of Dylan and I!
Now that she’s a big girl, she needs a lot more to eat. Apparently the three little ice cubes of defrosted, mashed butternut are not going to cut it for supper any more. For the last couple of days she’s been getting sweet potato, peas, potato and butternut, with a bit of fruit and a bottle for pudding, for lunch and supper. Which excites her to no end, let me tell you. And since she’s been getting big-girl meals, she’s started sleeping until 6am. That extra hour does me the world of good.
I’m still not 100% sure about what we’re feeding her, though. It’s another of those instances where everything you read and all the advice you get differs. The nurse at the clinic said babies should only get protein from 8 months, but a book I’ve got says they can get yoghurt and stewed meat from 6 months. The nurse said to only give her porridge for breakfast, and the book says she should have porridge in two to three feeds a day. I’m not too keen on giving Ava meat or fish unless it’s been very naturally and ethically reared, so I need to know what the protein alternatives are. And how come yoghurt is ok at this age, supposedly, but cows’ milk isn’t allowed until babies are a year old?
So I’m going to make a paediatrician appointment for the next week or so, just to double check. Obviously every baby is different, so hopefully she’ll be able to give us an idea of what to feed Ava based on Ava’s build and her preferences (well, her preferences are easy – if it’s food, she loves it. Phew).